UK Transport

A Railway Run for Passengers Not Shareholders: There's an Idea

Natalie Bennett | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I hear the term "modal shift" - referring to the move of passengers from cars to public transport -- a lot, and a lot of discussion of how to achieve that. But I've now seen the answer - copy the Swiss in practically everything. And an excellent place to start would be bringing the railways back into public hands.

Who Wants To Buy Eurostar?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics

Eurostar is to be sold as part of a radical £20bn privatisation plan for Government financial and corporate assets by 2020. George Osborne is set ...

Road Deaths: The Asymmetry of Power and Risk Is Stark

Caroline Russell | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Caroline Russell

Last Friday, along with at least a thousand others, I lay down in the road opposite Southwark tube station outside the offices of Transport for London. I joined the #TfLDieIn on foot, without my bike, to remember all those who have lost their lives on London's roads.

Materials Are Key Challenge for Europe in Resource-Constrained World

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...

We Need a More Child-Friendly Society

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
June O'Sullivan MBE

We need to have a conversation about what child-friendly means. It involves understanding the adult's role in guiding the child's behaviour, as well as accepting our responsibility to share the task of rearing children. It also means modelling good behaviour ourselves.

London Underground To Run 24 Hours At Weekends From 2015

Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK

The London Underground will run 24-hours at weekends from 2015. Tfl have announced five lines - the Piccadilly, Jubilee, Victoria, Northern and Cen...

When the Mayor Gets Blamed, Boris Gets Personal

Jenny Jones AM | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny Jones AM

Over the past week the mayor has responded to criticism of his cycling policies by suggesting cyclists are making rash decisions on the roads and by repeating a unfounded claim he made to me in October 2011 that wearing headphones whilst cycling or walking could be blamed for an increase in the numbers injured in London.

Let's Stop Scoring Points Over Dead Cyclists

Matt Glass | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Matt Glass

If you need a barometer of just how much a bunch of utter bastards humankind can be, look no further than a story about a cyclist dying on the roads of London. Tragically, you won't need to look far - six in the last fortnight should give you plenty of ammunition - and it seems everybody has a little bit of hatred reserved.

Poo Choo Trains

Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK

Faeces-dumping trains in London's Liverpool Street Station have prompted disgruntled commuters to start a petition to get the practice banned. Toil...

Accessible Transport Is Good for Everyone

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Public transport is an essential part of the infrastructure of any civilised society and therefore if disabled people are to achieve full equality as contributing citizens, it is important that public transport is as accessible as it can be, and by this I do not just mean wheelchair access but also a whole range of features so that transport is accessible to a wide range of people with differing impairments.

Driving Driverless Cars: The Future of Urban Mobility

Intelligence Squared | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Machine intelligence is coming to drive us. This robotics-science technology will not arrive unannounced in our cars. We will not overnight have no need to learn to drive. Its just that we won't have to be driving all the time in all places.

Getting City Commuters Out of Their Car and Into the Air - SkyTran Is the Future of Urban Transport

Intelligence Squared | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Traffic is too heavy. Rush hour is too long. Highways are too narrow and byways too slight. Our roads are congested, backed-up, over-crowded, and bumper to crash-proof bumper... The urban environment as we once knew it is gone.

Stock Market Chaos As #Stormageddon Hits

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK

As the 'St Jude's Day Storm' hit Britain, leaving thousands without power and delaying many morning trains, the effects of the hurricane-force winds h...

Government's New £6Billion Proposal: Is It Enough?

Tom Rokins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Rokins

Potholes can be a motorist's worst nightmare. Even the sound of driving over one is enough to merit a short intake of breath - oh no, the car! With the government's recent proposal to spend £6 billion on repairing potholes, this issue has once again entered the limelight. But what should motorists do if a pothole damaged their vehicle or caused a personal injury?

Two Questions for the New Minister of State for Transport

Aoife O'Leary | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Politics
Aoife O'Leary

Without answers to these questions it's difficult to see how the UK can reconcile unconstrained growth in the long-haul sector with the need to meet emissions reduction targets.

They're Still Privatising This Line, Despite Its £208m Profit

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics

The coalition's plan to find a private business to take over the running of the East Coast Main Line was branded "mad" by critics after the state rail...

Rail Fare Rises 'Restricted' - But Unions Say Move Is A 'Con'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

New year price rises to rail tickets in England will not surge as high as originally predicted, with the government capping additional rises put on by...

All Change Please: The New Transport Teams

John Lehal | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Politics
John Lehal

Anyone hoping that this week's reshuffle would inject some much needed decisiveness into the UK's top transport and infrastructure projects will have been in for disappointment. The Department for Transport has had two of its ministers replaced, and the Shadow Transport team has had a change of leader...

Woman Suffers Head Injuries After Falling From 'Boris Bus'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK

A woman has suffered serious head injuries after falling off the back of a new double-decker Routemaster bus. The passenger was rushed to hospital ...

Could Eurostar Take Over The East Coast Line?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK

Eurostar, the high-speed train company, is bidding to operate a key London to Scotland rail route, in a joint bid with French firm Keolis. The suc...

£600k-A-Year HS2 Boss Has NO Idea When Trains Will Start

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Politics

Network Rail chief executive Sir David Higgins, who has been unveiled as the next chair of High Speed Rail 2, has endured an embarrassing grilling in ...

Branson's Taxi App Speeds Around The World

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK

Hailo, the smartphone app launched in London to help people hail taxis and backed by Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, has been speeding its way around...

Time to End the Myths About Nationalisation and East Coast

Martin Griffiths | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Martin Griffiths

Maria Eagle's call to effectively renationalise the rail network is so dangerous and backward-looking. Her view is based on phoney economics and is a brazen attempt to rewrite history. She has ignored the facts about the failing, worn out nationalised railway of yesterday and the modern, growing and successful railway of today.

'Pricing Cars Out Of City Centres Can Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics

Shoppers should be priced out of their cars in city centres and encouraged to use public transport, transport minister Norman Baker has said. Spea...

Apprentice Of The Week: Craig Freeman, Highways Maintenance Operative

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Visit our new dedicated apprenticeship section, featuring a live jobs feed. Introducing this week’s apprentice.. Name: Craig Freeman Job Ti...